Advancing Women in Business

The business world needs more powerful women leaders. Research has shown that organizations with diverse management and leadership ranks are more successful. Those of us at the Gabelli School of Business at RWU are keenly aware of this and we are committed and passionate about our role and opportunity to shape these future leaders.

Women mingle at conference“At GSB, we are very engaged in providing opportunities for women to learn from women business practitioners how best to work toward success. Through activities such as our ‘Ignite’ conference, our women students are offered ways to network with fellow students and alumnae to learn best practices that apply to early career professionals,” - Gabelli School of Business Dean Susan McTiernan

Women in Business Student Organization (WIB)

Join the Women in Business student organization at RWU - an inclusive, supportive, and productive group of women and women-identified business students.  As a member, you will benefit from a host of opportunities—including, guest speaking sessions, networking, and experiential opportunities designed to support your personal and professional development as a future woman business leader.  

Women in Business

In Their Own Words

Women Business students share stories of their GSB experiences. Read more about these students, and how they're leading and excelling at GSB. 

Carla '17, Finance

"We get real-time, industry-like, hands-on experience."

Joy '21, Business Management

"There are constantly new opportunities to get involved in different ways."

Avery '22, Economics & Finance

"I got to hear from alumni members on what they learned in the industry."

“At GSB, you are not just a number. You aren’t competing against a pool of students where your voice is not being heard. If you work hard and you want to do something, your professors, deans, and counselors help you find opportunities and support your goals.”

Rameesa Wajid, Class of 2024

“As a female leader I feel as though I have an obligation to not only represent the Women in Business, but also empower others to join me in taking leadership roles. I want to provide women the opportunity to be leaders — not just follow in my lead.”

Brianna Celano, Class of 2023


“I’m excited about being surrounded by other inspirational women. It is so great to work with these women and tackle these challenges together.”

Amelia Pickard, Class of 2025

"We design these opportunities to address career issues that are most relevant to women planning the transition from college to their first professional position. GSB alumnae succeed and are always glad to work with our students to help them do so as well."

Susan McTiernan, D.B.A.
Dean of the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

Susan McTiernanDr. Susan McTiernan, Dean of the Gabelli School of Business, is one of the approximately 25% of business school deans who are women. Dean McTiernan has received awards for her thought leadership in the field, including  AACSB’s Distinguished Woman in Management Education Award.  Dean McTiernan is a Fulbright Scholar who has been deeply engaged in supporting women in leadership roles, most recently as Co-Chair of a project on gender equity based at the United Nations.

Ignite: Accelerating Women’s Success at Work

As women continue to crack the glass ceiling and grow a stronger presence in typically male-dominated fields, the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business (GSB) at Roger Williams University presents a conference geared toward building community and ensuring success for women about to enter the workforce.

RWU's annual Ignite: Accelerating Women’s Success at Work conference features panel discussions around entering the workforce, career advancement, and growing a greater presence in traditionally male-dominated fields. 

"The day-long conference offers women students at RWU the opportunity to network with successful women from a variety of careers and provides tips for creating a professional online presence, negotiating salary and more. It’s one of the many ways GSB creates a strong network for women students at RWU," said Dean Susan McTiernan. 

The conference is open to all RWU students who identify as women; it is not open to the general public. 

Sessions include:

  • How to develop executive presence to influence, inspire and empower.
  • Learn ways to authentically and effectively stand out to potential employers in the new era of the job market.
  • A panel of RWU alumnae who will share stories of their transitions from college to professional roles and building careers.

This event is open to RWU students and alumnae.